B.A. degree program in adolescence education: Italian teacher
HEGIS code 1104.01
NYS SED program code 26804

Bachelor's degree programs for adolescence education (grades 7-12): biology, chemistry, earth science, English, mathematics, modern languages (French, Italian, Spanish), physics, and social studies (Africana studies, American studies, anthropology, economics, history, political science, Puerto Rican and Latino studies, sociology), and special subjects (all grades): music - full information and requirements

Program/Department Advisers

Office Hours
Alonso, Alejandro Assistant Professor 718-951-5451 4239 Boylan Hall alonso @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Mon. & Wed. 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


The Department of Secondary Education and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures jointly offer a program for students who plan to teach Italian in grades 7 through 12. Adolescent education (grades 7-12) programs are writing intensive. Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Secondary Education or the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Students should consult a counselor as early as possible to plan their program.

Program requirements (54 credits)
Thirty credits in the content area are required for New York state certification to teach a language Other Than English at the secondary level. Twenty-four of those credits must be taken in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as follows:

All of the following: Italian 2030W and 3610.
Two of the following culture courses: Italian 3515, 3525, 3510, or 3518.
Twelve credits to be selected from Italian 2021, 2024, 2432, 2120, 3515, 3525, 3510, 3518. Tier II, Tier III, and/or Tier IV.

The remaining six credits may be selected from the following options:
1) Up to two additional courses in the major language and/or from Modern Languages 2310 or higher.
2) Two courses in a second language, language 2021 or above.
3) Up to two courses in related areas, subject to department approval.

An average of B or higher in the major is required for student teaching.

In addition, students must complete the following pedagogical courses in the Department of Secondary Education (24 credits): Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402, 4405, 4411, 3456.

This four-term sequence may be started in the lower-sophomore term, or upper-sophomore term.
SEED 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402 (12 credits).

The appropriate 5-credit course in student teaching:
Education 4405 Seminar on Methods of Teaching Modern Languages, Student Teaching I

The appropriate 4-credit course in student teaching:
Secondary Education 4411 Advanced Seminar on Methods of Teaching Modern Languages, Student Teaching II.

This program reflects changes in teacher certification requirements recently implemented by the New York State Education Department. Students completing majors in secondary education or in special subjects under the former requirements should refer to the 2000-2003 Undergraduate Bulletin.

Degree programs in adolescence education and in special subjects include a major in an appropriate department of the college and in the case of social studies may also include an approved selection of interdepartmental courses.

Completion of an adolescence education program as part of a major in English, one of the appropriate social sciences, mathematics, one of the sciences, or a language other than English qualifies students for New York State initial certification in adolescence education for grades 7 through 12.

Students qualifying for the initial certification in adolescence education may obtain an extension to teach English, social studies, mathematics, or one of the sciences in grades 5 and 6 by taking Secondary Education 3454.

Students, except music education majors, must complete 24 credits in the Department of Secondary Education as specified above.

Admission requirements and academic standing
Students must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to take Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401 or 3402; an average of 2.75 in Secondary Education 2001 and 2002 is required to continue to Secondary Education 3401 and/or Secondary Education 3402; to take Secondary Education 4413 or 4401-4406, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and permission of the chair or deputy of the Department of Secondary Education; to take Secondary Education 4407-4406, students must earn a B- or higher in Secondary Education 4401-4406, a GPA of 2.75 or higher in their major, and the permission of the head of adolescence education and special subjects. A student who takes Secondary Education 4407-4412 prior to Secondary Education 4401-4406 must earn a B- or better grade in Secondary Education 4407-4412 to take Secondary Education 4401-4406.